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Ken Smith sez: A film devoted to a problem that no longer exists. "Marie Miller" and "Jeff" are faced with social trauma because they've let their relationship "drift into" what others perceive as "going steady." But is that really what THEY want? "This question is not answered for them, and it is not answered for you" warns the title card at this film's opening. The film substitutes opening and closing title cards for a narrator.
While Going Steady has no narration, the angst-ridden self-examination by Jeff and Marie more than fill up the dead air, and leaves the impression that going steady is about as much fun as an abscessed tooth. Jeff: "Am I going steady? What does that mean? How did I get into this anyway?" Jeff's mom: "You'll likely go steady with several different girls before you begin to think seriously about marriage." Marie: "What about petting? I've heard you can get too deeply involved if you're going steady." Marie's mom: "I hope Jeff doesn't feel he has the right to -- take liberties." Marie: "Oh, mother!" Apparently, parents wanted to prevent their aimless postwar teens from "drifting into" going steady so that they wouldn't be "drifting into" marriage (or sex). Thankfully, Jeff and Marie become aware of their dangerous lassitude and end the film smiling, carefree, and significantly further away from uncontrollable urges.
Going Steady ends with a title card: "This story hasn't answered all your questions, has it?" Truer words were never to appear in a Coronet social guidance film.
TEENAGERS GOING STEADY ROMANCE COUPLES PARENTS FAMILY LIFE DATING ADOLESCENTS CHILDREN BOYS GIRLS IMMATURITY AGE SOCIAL GUIDANCE ACTIVITIES PHONOGRAPHS RECORDS MUSIC DISCUSSIONS SEXUALITY PETTING
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
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Subject: I Say Hold Out For Diane
The need for this whole film and discussion would have been moot if they just had invented the "-ish" ending for words, i.e., "going steadyish". Not uncommon 20 years later.
Subject: is that Hope Summers?
(what a resume . . . from this, to Rosemary's Baby !)
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Subject: Making Fudge
Subject: Going steady? Get the cyanide
Subject: Ahhh....Sure Baby....Heh Heh....
Subject: Teenage Pressures
Subject: That Jeff - what a dawg!
Jeff's checkers game with his father was goofy. His family desperately needs to buy one of them newfangled TVs.
The film ends with the question, "This story hasn't answered all of your questions, has it?" No it hasn't. Not by a long shot!
Subject: Waiting by the Telephone
Next we see Jeff combing his hair in the bathroom mirror. ÂDonÂt expect too much and donÂt make any commitments!Â he tells his reflection. JeffÂs happy because now he has an excuse not to commit himself to a relationship with a girl. MarieÂs relieved because sheÂs fearful about petting. This film was obviously made to discourage teenagers from drifting into premarital sex. But JeffÂs inability to make a commitment and MarieÂs fear of sex could lead to problems down the line.
Subject: Steady: Do's and Dont'a.
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